Fireworks can be expected from the very first minute as Adelaide United host Brisbane Roar in the Hyundai A-League on Friday evening.
United boss Marco Kurz was particularly disappointed about his side’s start to their Round 5 clash at Wellington, even though the Reds came from behind to win 3-1.
Of particular concern to Kurz was United’s passive start to the match and for that reason, they should be on the front foot from kick-off in this clash.
Kurz’s words will strike a familiar tune with Roar fans, with coach John Aloisi making repeated mentions of his side’s slow starts in the current campaign.
The concession of early goals was becoming a frustrating trend for Brisbane supporters but it was one they stopped in Round 5, as Adam Taggart struck twice in a 2-0 win over Melbourne City.
Taggart has five goals in as many matches this season and has now struck 10 in his last eight Hyundai A-League fixtures.
Roar have won their past two against United and have won seven of their last 11 matches in South Australia.
Key Opta stats
- Brisbane Roar picked up a 2-1 win in their last game against the Reds in Adelaide, snapping a four-game winless run in South Australia (D1, L3).
- None of Adelaide United’s five matches so far this season have been won by the home team on the day (D2, L3); with each of their last three fixtures won by the away team on the day.
- Brisbane Roar have conceded just one second-half goal this Hyundai A-League campaign, fewer than any other team in the competition.
Ins and outs
Adelaide United squad: 2.Michael MARRONE, 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 4.Ryan STRAIN, 5.Taylor REGAN, 6.Vince LIA, 7.Ryan KITTO, 8.Isaías SÁNCHEZ (c), 10.Ken ILSØ, 11.Craig GOODWIN, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 23.Jordan ELSEY, 26.Ben HALLORAN, 27.Louis D’ARRIGO, 30.Isaac RICHARDS (gk), 32.Carlo ARMIENTO, 33.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 27.Louis D’ARRIGO (promoted), 32.Carlo ARMIENTO (promoted)
Unavailable: 9.Baba DIAWARA (knee), 14.George BLACKWOOD (collar bone), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN (soreness), 31.Mirko BOLAND (hamstring)
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1.Brendan WHITE (gk), 4.Daniel BOWLES, 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Adam TAGGART, 11.Eric BAUTHEAC, 13.Stefan MAUK, 14.Alex LOPEZ, 15.Stefan NIGRO, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 18.Joe CALETTI, 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Tobias MIKKELSEN, 23.Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 33.HENRIQUE
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 13.Stefan MAUK (promoted), 18.Joe CALETTI (promoted)
Unavailable: 10.Brett HOLMAN (knee – TBC)
How to watch
Tune in to FOX SPORTS 505 to catch the game, which kicks off at 7.50pm (AEDT). You can also stream the match on the MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers.
Be there as United host the Roar. Secure your ticket here.